Kousa Dogwood looking bad

Asked November 2, 2016, 8:13 AM EDT

I'm not sure why the tree looks so bad. I watered well last week. Why do the leafs look so bad? Could it be just a water issue or is there some type nutrient / fertilizer needed? Or could it be some type of pest?

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

We think this is scorch damage from periods during the season that were hot and without rain. Drought can cause such a reaction. Kousas have shallow root systems.
It is not concerning this late in the season, and it is common for leaves to look somewhat ravaged after a long season anyway. They will drop soon.
If we go through a period of dry, droughty weather next year, we recommend supplemental water.